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Mao's Last Dancer

Title

Mao's Last Dancer

Authors

Cunxin Li

Publisher

Penguin Publishing Group

Publication Year

2005

ISBN

9780425201336

Pages

480 pages

Genre

autobiography

Format

full length

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

Chosen from millions of children to serve in Mao's cultural revolution by studying at the Beijing Dance Academy, Li knew ballet would be his family's best opportunity to escape the bitter poverty in his rural China home. From one hardship to another, Li persevered, never forgetting the family he left behind.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; Poverty; living in poverty; poor; impoverished family

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

Chinese

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2009
Canberra's Own Outstanding List (COOL) Award, 2008, Short List, Fiction for Years 7-9
Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALA, 2008, Winner, Fiction for Years 7-9
Young Autralians' Best Book Award (YABBA, 2008, Winner, Fiction for Years 7-9

Keywords

ballet dancers; China; United States; defectors; family life; hardships

Diversity Impact

direct

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